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12/09/2012 // 24 comments

TAKE A TOUR OF MR. BAZAAR'S NEW BLOG DESIGN

Thank you all for the kind comments, emails and tweets about the launch of the new Bright.Bazaar design; I am thrilled that you have so kindly welcomed the new look with open arms! Before I return to normal posting tomorrow I thought it might be useful to give a mini tour of the blog's main elements and functionalities. Shall we kick off? Great! So first I should explain my thinking behind the refreshed branding: my aim was to create a sophisticated look that still placed my love for colour at the heart of the design. When I first discussed my vision for the new look with my designer, Amanda, she took my list of proposed icons and created exactly what I had in mind; I think they perfectly illustrate the feel of the site and the assortment of content within it. I keep asking myself which little icon is my favourite, but it seems to change daily (OK, maybe hourly…!). Do you have a favourite? The bow tie? The dripping paint brush? The camera? I'd love to know! You can click the header or circle logo at anytime to go back to the homepage, and you can search the site via free words or the monthly achieves, as well as subscribe by email from the buttons at the top right-hand side of the blog.

Another of my aims was to make Bright.Bazaar more interactive, after all, interacting with you guys is what makes blogging such an enjoyable, inspiring and enriching experience. With that in mind, the blog is now simpler and cleaner to navigate and I've tried to put you, my lovely readers and friends, in control. So, instead of lots of scrolling through page after page, you can quickly pick and choose the content you want to read thanks to a consistent navigation format across the site. The little icons have not only become the central element to the refreshed brand, but of the navigation, too. You will find icons inside squares in the Meet Mr. Bazaar, Categories and Work With Mr. Bazaar pages. Simply hover over an icon to see what it relates to, and should it interest you, click to read more or be taken to the posts/portfolio pieces in that category. I love how the relevant icon appears next to every post title!

When you click an image or logo on the Work With Mr. Bazaar and Bazaar Press pages you will see a pop up appear that explains the piece in question with a link to more content. You can use the arrows to scroll through the other items in the category.

I've saved one of my favourite elements to last: Paint The Internet Bright! When you hover over any image in a post you will see two tape strips appear at the top right-hand side of the image, which make it easy to share the content across your social networks. Clicking 'Pin It' will automatically bring a Pinterest Pin It box up just as though you've press the Pin It button; clicking the dripping paint brush icon lets you share via Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest from the pop up you can see if the gif above. I love this functionality because it really fits with the main reason why I started this blog: to bring more colour to the World! So, come on, let's grab our brushes and paint the Internet bright!

pattern society

09 / 9 / 2012

✚ I love the new look! The bow tie is my favorite. And the black distressed background is a great compliment to all your bright posts!! ✚

katrina

09 / 9 / 2012

your new design is crazy gorgeous. i LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

aloi @guiltlessreading

09 / 9 / 2012

i’m sorry to break the news that the gray text just makes my head hurt. I wish it were black ,,, or just darker gray. please. i do so love your blog!

Terri K

09 / 9 / 2012

lovely. simply lovely. Well done!

Elements At Home

09 / 9 / 2012

Mr Bazaar, your new blog is not just a blog anymore( not that the is anything wrong with being just a blog) but you have hit the nail on the interactive design site head and I love it. So you, so personable but professional and fun. Now when I told my new blog designer who’s blogs I loved your was one of them. But now I love this one even more. Congratulations.

LatteLisa

09 / 9 / 2012

Will, your new website looks absolutely beautiful. You must be in heaven right now.

Congratulations!

mes bijoux

09 / 9 / 2012

wow! congratulations for this new design!
i like not only the design itself, also the new featuring!
kisses from Barcelona!

Caroline@trend-daily

09 / 9 / 2012

It’s all SO professional Will-really impressive lovely.I’m a bit keen on the dripping paint brush, but that may change on my next visit! Happy Sunday :-)) lolxx

Abbey@Gild&grace

09 / 9 / 2012

Your new look is wonderful and completely you! Congrats :)

BODIE and FOU

09 / 9 / 2012

It looks fab Will and very impressive – WELL DONE!!

Really fun, makes me want to revamp mine!! Good Luck, always a great entertaining blog!
Karolyn

Yanira garza

09 / 9 / 2012

It looks wonderful. Keep up the great work. I look forward to sitting down every Sunday morning with my iPad and my coffee to read your blog! Then I usually get up and reorganize my furniture or go shop online for pillows because I need my home to look like your blog!

Rachie

09 / 9 / 2012

It looks so briliant! i am so proud of you! I love how you can hover over the different sections – so innovative and how it showcases all of your work.

The graphics are so in keeping with your style! They are fantastic!

Rachie xo (Aka your biggest fan!) xxxx

Susan

09 / 9 / 2012

Love it all, thanks for the tour!

Tim@Designmaze

10 / 10 / 2012

Thanks for the great tour and LOVE your new look! all the little icons are just so much fun and the talented Amanda must be amazing in turning your creative vision to live! I so need one to help me with mine :)

my fav icon … have to be the bow tie MR! Super congrats and big big HUG!

JCHONG

10 / 10 / 2012

ah! i LOVE it so much. Congratulations, it looks fantastic

Lana

10 / 10 / 2012

It looks fantastic Will, love it! The combo of icons is great and their design, plus the colours you’ve chosen, spot on!x

weHeartHome

10 / 10 / 2012

Love all the new functinalities. “paint the internet bright” … !!! well, my heart just melts :)

Xx. Holly.

Anya

10 / 10 / 2012

Genius work Mr. Bazaar – I love it all – can’t pick a fave at all.
Woohoo – fantastic, look forward to seeing and hearing more,

Ax

margarita

10 / 10 / 2012

Very good looking new blog, like the design and new navigation very much.

Will - Dovcor Bathrooms

10 / 10 / 2012

So I click onto the site (can’t sleep, 8 day old daughter!) and I’m like… hmmmmmmm has this layout changed.. great work Will, if only I could come up with half the creativity you have (although in terms of dress sense I still couldn’t pull off the bow tie!)

Laura Felicity

11 / 11 / 2012

Hi Will! Just had a little nose around your new look Blog, and it’s great (and simple to use)! Very well done :)

Vanessa@Decor Happy

11 / 11 / 2012

Just spent some time navigating through your new site and love it! It’s very different from what’s out there on other blogs but wouldn’t expect anything less creative!

Samantha Lennie

12 / 12 / 2012

Hi Will,

Well done on creating your fantastic new look blog. Loving the new video element, it’s a great addition. Congrats! x